This page contains information and pictures about Black Scarab
Subfamily Dynastinae that
we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Beetles in this subfamily are stout bodied, usually black or dark brown in
colour. Males and females may look different in this subfamily. Males bear
horns which are disproportionately large. Adults do not feed on leaves and are
active at night.
- Larvae live in soil feed on roots or decaying plant matter or rotten
- Xylotrupes gideon, body
Beetles are also called Elephant Beetles. The male and
female are look quite different. Larvae feed on roots and decaying vegetables. To see
more information on this beetle please click here.
- Dynastine Beetle
- A, female B, male
- Dasygnathus trituberculatus,
body length 23mm
- Those beetles are active at night. They are dark brown to almost black in
colour. Male and female are look different. They sometimes come to the light on
summer night. We had identified this beetle as Semanopterus solidus. Thank
you to our visitor Yannig Ponchel from Paris, he advised us by email
that this should be Dasygnathus trituberculatus.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 630.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p230.
- 3. Beetles of Australia - Trevor J Hawkeswood, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1987,
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